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College of Education

Mathematics, M.A.T. (9-12 Certification)

What will I study?

The Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education program will prepare you to become a certified high school mathematics teacher. Our dedicated faculty prepare our graduates to become highly qualified teachers with strong content knowledge and instructional skills.

This degree is a collaboration between the College of Education and the College of Arts and Science that will increase your mathematics content knowledge by taking graduate level math courses as well as education courses.

You will participate in two internships during the program - Internship A is a 10-hour a week internship and Internship B is full-time student teaching - that will prepare you to step into high school classrooms as an effective teacher. After your first year, you will be engaged in education courses and internships with a small cohort of other teacher candidates. Our program prepares you to teach national and state standards through engaging and cutting edge inquiry pedagogy that has been shown to increase student learning. 


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

With a 100 percent employment rate, the graduates of the program are sought after for high school mathematics teaching positions both locally and throughout the nation. 


Will I be able to specialize?

By completing our program and passing the required state Praxis II exams, you can become certified in high school mathematics; you can also add on middle level certification by taking one additional middle level curriculum course.


Typical Course Work

Mathematics Content Courses
Your program of study will include at least one course in geometry (either MATH 531 or 736-I), algebraic structures (MATH 701-I), real analysis (MATH 703-I), statistics (STAT 509 or STAT 515-516), and number theory (MATH 780-I). If you have already taken equivalent courses, then appropriate substitutions will be made.

You will also need to take upper division courses in linear algebra (MATH 526 or 544) and discrete mathematics (MATH 574). Normally theses two courses are taken prior to full admission to the program.

Education Courses
You will take 18 hours of instructional courses, such as mathematics methods, technology integration, reading in the content area, and assessment to prepare you to teach through innovative methods and earn South Carolina certification for teaching high school mathematics.

You will take 15 hours of internship courses that allow you to learn through authentic classroom placements. You will work with experienced coaching teachers in local schools to learn to best teach mathematics and improve student learning.

For additional information about curriculum or program requirements, please visit the academic bulletin


What is the application process like?

As long as you have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in mathematics as approved by the Department of Mathematics, you can apply to this program.

We offer a rolling admission to the MAT Mathematics program and encourage applicants interested in making a difference through teaching to apply at any time.